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The "important . . . meticulously researched" prize-winning biography of the pre-eminent Polish star of the nineteenth century global stage (CosmopolinReview.com). In reintroducing "a little-remembered actress to a new American audience" biographer Beth Holgram delivers a revelatory portrait of Helena Modjeska-from unparalleled European success to her reign as the most acclaimed, and most recognized female celebrity in the late nineteenth-century United States. In 1876, Poland's leading actress, Helena Modrzejewska, accompanied by her husband, the self-stylized Count Bozente, emigrated to…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
The "important . . . meticulously researched" prize-winning biography of the pre-eminent Polish star of the nineteenth century global stage (CosmopolinReview.com). In reintroducing "a little-remembered actress to a new American audience" biographer Beth Holgram delivers a revelatory portrait of Helena Modjeska-from unparalleled European success to her reign as the most acclaimed, and most recognized female celebrity in the late nineteenth-century United States. In 1876, Poland's leading actress, Helena Modrzejewska, accompanied by her husband, the self-stylized Count Bozente, emigrated to southern California to give up her career and establish a utopian commune. In light of its failings, it hardly fulfilled the real dreams of Madame Helena. Within a year, she changed her surname to Modjeska, and made her American debut at San Francisco's California Theatre. Godmother to Ethel Barrymore, and sharing the Shakespearian stage with such luminaries as Otis Skinner, Edwin Booth, and Maurice Barrymore, Helena Modjeska became the leading star in the United States, where she reigned for the next thirty years. In this "Impressive . . . achievement," Holmgren traces Modjeska's fabulous life and career from her illegitimate birth in Krakow, to her successive reinventions of herself as a trans-continental diva, and finally to her enduring legacy (Women's Review of Books). All in all, Starring Madame Modjeska "makes for great drama" (NewPages.com).
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Indiana University Press
  • Seitenzahl: 432
  • Erscheinungstermin: 1. November 2018
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9780253005199
  • Artikelnr.: 38189147
Autorenporträt
Beth Holmgren is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Theater Studies at Duke University. She is author of Women's Works in Stalin's Time (IUP, 1993), editor (with Helena Goscilo) of Poles Apart: Women in Modern Polish Culture and Russia . Women . Culture (IUP, 1996), and translator and editor (with Helena Goscilo) of The Keys to Happiness by Anastasya Verbitskaya (IUP, 1999).
Inhaltsangabe
Acknowledgments
Timeline of Modjeska's Life and Career
1. Debut
2. The Making of a Polish Actress
3. Warsaw's State of the Stars
4. A Colonial Party and the California Dream
5. On the American Road
6. The Roles of Madame Modjeska
7. The Polish Modjeska
8. Farewell Tour
Epilogue: Finding Modjeska Today
Notes
Bibliography
Index